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4th Cir.: $150,000 sanction on counsel, firms upheld (access required)

Attorneys’ “egregious” conduct was designed to, and did, mislead the district court, the 4th Circuit affirmed. They challenged the authenticity of a loan agreement for two years before revealing that they possessed an identical copy, obtained from their client, before ...

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EDVA: Fees awarded in Va. Beach neighborhood suit (access required)

Waterfront property owners who brought a groundless claim against their neighbor for working as a state agent to create a special tax district are liable for his attorneys’ fees. Background In this action, the Plaintiffs allege that Defendant Frank Gurdziel ...

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WDVA: Oral “settlement” no basis to refuse discovery (access required)

A settlement agreement allegedly procured by the defendant’s “debt negotiator” will not be enforced, and the defendant must produce responsive documents in compliance with the court’s most recent discovery order. Background Plaintiff Innotec LLC sued Defendant Visiontech Sales and its ...

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WDVA: VDOC sanctioned for unprepared deponents (access required)

In a case brought by an autistic man for alleged mistreatment in prison, the Virginia Department of Corrections acted in bad faith by failing to adequately prepare organizational witnesses under FRCP 30(b)(6). Background Plaintiff Reginald Latson has moved to compel ...

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Va. Cir.: Attorney, but not client, evades sanctions for frivolous suit (access required)

A plaintiff suing for $4.75 million on a groundless defamation claim is liable for a proportion of the defendant’s litigation fees and costs. The plaintiff’s attorney was not subject to sanctions, as she relied on her client’s information until she ...

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EDVA: Despite damning email, no spoliation sanctions (access required)

Although the defendant recovered an email advising the plaintiff to destroy relevant evidence, it was not apparent that the plaintiff followed that advice, and the defendant was able to recover most or all electronically-stored information at issue. Background Plaintiff Steves ...

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WDVA: Court fines relentless plaintiff, enjoins further filing (access required)

A plaintiff who persistently overwhelmed the court with meritless filings was sanctioned under Rule 11 and banned from filing in the Western District for two years. The court also ruled that violations could incur further sanctions of $300 each. Background ...

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EDVA: County liable for almost $1M after FMLA violation (access required)

In addition to the judgment of approximately $750,000 entered against a municipality for failing to reinstate an employee after FMLA leave, the county will also be liable for over $200,000 in pre-judgment interest and attorneys’ fees and costs. Background In ...

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Va. Cir.: Amended anti-SLAPP fee provision not retroactive (access required)

A Yelp reviewer who successfully defended against defamation claims couldn’t claim attorneys’ fees under Va. Code § 8.01-223.2 because 2017 amendments weren’t retroactive, a Virginia circuit court held. Background Defendant Jeremiah Jones retained Plaintiff Will Nesbitt Realty LLC to assist him in renting a ...

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WDVA: Accepting benefits, successor formed implied contract (access required)

Although written documents were unclear as to whether a therapy service contract transferred to a subsequent facilities operator, the successor’s acceptance of therapy services as if the service contract applied created a contract implied-in-fact, with the same payment terms as ...

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